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IT’S 2009 ALL OVER AGAIN Republican lawmakers are confronted with a choice their Democratic colleagues faced with the rise of the tea party in 2009: hold town hall meetings that are increasingly combative or pivot to other constituent interaction strategies. Republican Senators Mitch McConnell, Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley all faced angry town halls, along with Rep. Marsha Blackburn. [HuffPost]
A NEW ERA FOR IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT Department of Homeland Security memos released Tuesday signaled a new age in deportations and the way the U.S. enforces current immigration law. Here’s an interactive graphic breaking down how such a plan could be executed, as well as key takeaways from the shift. [HuffPost]
TRUMP VOTERS: THE MEDIA IS THE ENEMY A narrow majority of voters for President Donald Trump agreed with the president’s assessment that the media is the enemy of the American people. [HuffPost]
THE 3 GENERALS SERVING TRUMP ON SECURITY ALL WERE TESTED IN IRAQ “At one point or another, they each strode the sands of Iraq, fighting on the unforgiving battlefield of America’s costliest war since Vietnam. Now all three will sit around the table in the White House Situation Room, steering a new president through the treacherous crosscurrents of a stormy world.” [NYT]
MILO YIANNOPOULOS RESIGNS FROM BREITBART NEWS The provocateur of the so-called “alt-right” said the decision to leave was his own, stressing that he didn’t want the scandal around his recent comments that appeared to endorse pedophilia to “detract from my colleagues’ important reporting.” [HuffPost]
NORTH KOREA: RELEASE SUSPECTS IN KIM JONG UN’S HALF-BROTHER’S DEATH The North Korean embassy in Malaysia says some of the suspects in his murder may have been “arrested unfairly.” [Reuters]
BASEBALL MAKES ANOTHER MAJOR RULE CHANGE TO SPEED UP THE GAME An intentional walk can now be signaled from the dugout, instead of having a pitcher throw all four balls. RIP those gems of moments when the intentional walk went wrong off a wild pitch. [HuffPost]
TARGETING GUT BACTERIA COULD PREVENT AND DELAY ALZHEIMER’S Yet another reason to work on your diet. [HuffPost]
CONGRATS TO HODA KOTB ON THE ADOPTION OF HER BABY GIRL Making the “Today” show host a first-time mom at 52. [HuffPost]
OSCARS ROUNDUP We are a little under 110 hours out from the glam and the glitter, so of course we have a quiz that tests if you can figure out the Oscar-nominated film from emojis as well as a debrief on the absurdity that is this year’s “swag bag.” And what does it really mean to win best picture? [HuffPost]
RIHANNA PASSED MICHAEL JACKSON’S TOP 10 HITS RECORD TO HAVE THE THIRD-MOST, EVER With 30, she’s close behind Madonna and The Beatles. [Vulture]
THESE EAGLES ARE DESTROYING DRONES USED FOR TERRORIST ACTIVITY IN FRANCE Meet d’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Because Sparky the eagle wouldn’t quite do. [WaPo]
GOOD NEWS: YOU SAW MORE FEMALE PROTAGONISTS IN FILM THIS YEAR 7 percent more to be exact. Yet they still only account for 32 percent of speaking roles. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Sounds like James O’Keefe plans to release a “Wikileaks-style” boatload of newsroom footage.
~ It’s true ― “The Bachelor” addressed racism this week.
~ Activists placed a “refugees welcome” sign on the Statue of Liberty.
~ Breaking down Trump’s first month in office.
~ Barack Obama’s White House photographer can’t help himself from becoming Trump’s top Instagram troll.
~ This map breaks down how many structurally deficient bridges are in your area.
~ An update on the battle to cure baldness.
~ Dealbreaker’s commentary on Jay Z launching a tech venture capital fund is priceless.
~ Tom Hanks is releasing a novel ― about typewriters.
~ George Clooney seems pretty excited about becoming a dad.
~ Here’s how hard it is to fly a panda internationally.
~ Try not to geek out: We have our first photo from the set of the Han Solo standalone “Star Wars” movie.
~ West Elm has removed the infamous Peggy couch from its website after some serious shade.